The Gift of Giving Story



The Gift of Giving

Hector and Caitlin Magliochetti
Three years ago Hector, Caitlin and their 4 children lived in a 12 X 24 storage shed in the backyard of Caitlin's grandmother's house. Today, this family is the proud owner of a 5 bedroom, 2 bath home located in Middleburg. What a difference a few years make.
The journey this family has traveled is incredible. It is a true testament of their faith, hard work, and determination to live a better life. Hector had worked at his job for 4 years prior to coming to work in the Habitat Restore and Caitlin recently completed her courses and became a registered nurse. She was  9 months pregnant with their 5th child when she was notified their home was ready for move-in. Hector wept as they received the news and Caitlin sobbed silently. The very next day she gave birth to their daughter, Avalina, who is now two years old.
The Magliochetti's are extremely grateful to Habitat and the community who helped them realize a dream they thought would not materialize. Even though they have completed the required 500 sweat equity hours and made the modest down payment, they still give back. They began serving on the family support committee, helping current partner families prepare to become homeowners and, they participate in every affiliate event. Hector and Caitlin are excellent examples of our Clay County Habitat homeowners demonstrating we are doing the right thing in providing a "Hand Up-Not a Hand Out."


More than 48.5 million people are living in poverty in the United States and the fact that wages are not keeping up with the cost of living complicates this situation. There definitely is a critical need for affordable housing. Since 1976 Habitat for Humanity has built or repaired over 1 million homes, serving more than 6.8 million people worldwide. This work is being done by 1,400 local affiliates in the Unites States and more than 70 national organizations around the world.
In Clay County we have constructed or rehabbed 156 homes since 1977. Making a positive impact on adults and children in this community. We can now proudly say our new homeowners are helping to boost the local economy by being tax payers. Additionally, the building of homes generate jobs in Clay County. 
Clay County Habitat is not able to produce affordable housing alone. It takes help from the entire community, as well as, other organizations to make a difference. As we start of another year, we want to take this opportunity to tell you how much we appreciate your support and we ask that you will consider helping us again. Your tax deductible donation can be made via our website at or mailed to Clay County Habitat, P.O. Box 240, Orange Park, FL 32067-0240. 
Our office and Restore is located at 1717 Blanding Blvd, Middleburg, FL 32068.



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